Why can you turn orange from a spray tan?


I’ve been spray tanning South Florida residents, and visitors since 2009. I get many new clients that are nervous & the number one question that they ask me is “will I turn them orange?”  Unfortunately many have had a bad experience in another salon so of course I understand why they are a little scared.

So that brings us to the most popular question (and misconception about spray tanning) Why does someone turn orange from a spray tan ?

Well it is from one of these reasons or a combination of all of them.

1) Using a salon tech or spray tanner not properly trained or being educated or confident on the products they are using . Or they choose a color way too dark for your skin tone. (Someone with Nicole Kidman skin can not be sprayed with the same color Jlo would , nor could they ever get the same results ) Many inexperienced spray tan techs will just give the client what they want without trying to explain how the process works. Especially with first time tanners. I personally start out conservative to make sure the solution works well with their skin tones, and we can always go darker the next session. 

2) A tech just blasting you with solution due to not knowing a proper gun setting & over spraying you (causing over saturation to your skin).

3) The salon is using a cheap solution to save a few bucks (I see it all the time ) & is made with with poor quality or even synthetic dha! (the active ingredient)
I created my own Perfect Glow Sunless spray tan formulas. It’s used by salons & spas worldwide & is a superior product ! The dha I use is the purest formulation available & my solutions have top shelf ingredients ! It may not be the cheapest but you get what you pay for.

4) This where the client comes in to the equation: Not using the right skincare products after they get a spray tan. This messes with body ph which can turn the tan brassy / orange even a few days after getting sprayed !

It’s important that salons get the best training available and that consumers choose a top professional and listen to the salons aftercare product recommendations.

My Melissa Weinberg Tanning & Beauty line was created by me specifically for the best at home tanning products and that will work the best with sunless tanning to give you the best post tan  & optimal results.  Remember that using cheap drugstore products result in subpar results.



Melissa Weinberg is the creator of Perfect Glow Sunless & Melissa Weinberg Tanning & Beauty. A premium luxury line of professional spray tan solution and self-tanning products. Her products are used by countless professional salons and spas and spray tanners. She is also a South Florida spray tan expert and offers online and in person spray tan training via the Perfect Glow Spray Tan Acedemy. For more course information visit http://learntoairbrushtan.com.